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Great build, features & quality, but faults too
on 20 July 2010
Borderline whether to give 2 or 3 for this.
At first I thought I'd got a total bargain; it's superbly designed, has a quality feel, great screen, good menus, lots of options, sounds excellent...
But, a major issue:
Shuffle mode doesn't function correctly. After the 2nd track, it will go back to the 1st one again. I've seen other players with shuffle faults, and my guess is this is a known issue not a defective product. Ridiculous to knowingly release something with this problem.
Overall - otherwise good, but a little disappointed. I wouldn't expect Archos to release something with this issue.
Odd thing is, 5 years ago my old, bulky HD players which were much less flashy, had none of these types of issues. I could happily play the thing all day on shuffle, from any folder or sub-folder (e.g. Treo, ATMT).
So slightly a case of style over substance.
***March 2011 - revised comments***
I've become so enraged with this piece of junk that I have posted the following comments to another site and wanted to shared them here to warn off buyers further:
Cannot believe people are rating this rubbish so highly, and here's why:
- Unresponsive buttons
- 'OFF' failure - you have to hold it down 3 seconds, and often it doesn't register your first click, so you're waiting a while before realising you have to release and re-click. So very annoying.
- Random play DOES NOT WORK. I checked other forums in case mine was faulty, but no, just like Sony and Apple, Archos have released a product with a known fault. UNACCEPTABLE.
If the above were not the case this would be a great player, but they are serious flaws and I have just binned mine. Junk like this tarnishes a brand's image; why not ensure quality is present on the cheaper items not just the flagship ones?